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widows-msg - 9/1/07


Widows and widowers in the Middle Ages.


NOTE: See also the files: p-marriage-msg, burials-msg, p-weddings-bib, weddings-msg, babies-msg, p-births-msg, Black-Death-art, nuns-msg, monks-msg, nuns-a-monks-lnks.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the individual authors.


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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 09:20:02 -0500

From: "ysabeau" <ysabeau at mail.ev1.net>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Re: poor widow

To: Cooks within the SCA  <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>


On a slightly different tangent, I was surprised to find that

there was a system set up in the guilds to take care of widows.

One of the streets I saw, I think in Hamburg, was a series of

houses that were used for the widows of a certain type of guild. I

kept meaning to go back and get more information on it because I

think that was the pre-cursor for social security ~grin~. Has

anyone else heard of this? I always thought that widows were left

to fend for themselves until this tour.





From: Jessica Bonner <nichol_storm at yahoo.com>

Date: April 27, 2005 8:14:43 PM CDT

To: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>

Subject: Re: Florilegium: Medieval Period Wedding Vows




My apologies! I fear I've mislabeled this email. This

is a *chastity* vow, not a wedding vow. Too many hours

with my head buried in dusty old books, I fear. The

translation is:


"In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Spirit, I, Katherine Bernard, the widow of William

Bernard, do vow to God, His mother the Virgin Mary,

Saint Francis, and all the saints of paradise, in the

hands of my father in god, Reverend Thomas, by the

grace of God bishop of Ely, that from this day forward

I will be chaste in my body and will keep holy

chastity loyally and devoutly all the days of my



Jessica Chisholm


> On Apr 27, 2005, at 3:51 PM, Jessica Bonner wrote:


>> From John R. H. Moorman's "Grey Friars in Cambridge,

>> 1225-1538" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

>> 1952) there is quoted a 14th century English wedding

>> vows:


>> "En la nomme du piere du fitz et du seint expirit Jeo

>> Katherine Bernard femme nadgairs William Bernard face

>> mon avowe a dieu a sa douce miere seinte marie et

>> feint ffraunceys et toux les seintz de paradys en vos

>> mayns mon reverent piere en dieu Thomas par le grace

>> de dieu Evesque de Ely que desore in avant serrai

>> chaste de mon corps et seynte chastite garderay

>> loialment et devoutement toux les jours de ma vie."


>> Jessica Chisholm


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